Boston, meanwhile, went 62-20, slightly better than this season's 55-27 record and upset the title favorite Sixers 4-3 in the Conference Finals and took Game One on home court 98-95 with Larry Bird one assist short of a triple-double.
The Houston Rockets didn't do anything well in Game 3 last night, and the scoreboard reflected as much.
Going by the unwritten law of National Basketball Association home court advantage, sure, the Warriors are supposed to win at home, especially after winning a playoff-record 16 straight postseason games at home.
The two teams split the first 2 games and now the Warriors have a 2-1 lead. They lost a heartbreaker in the next round to San Antonio at San Antonio, they had an 18-point lead with about five minutes left. One note: Durant compounded the problem by catching Ariza on the arm as he went up for the ensuing shot for his first foul.
The two-time MVP scored 35 points while playing 34 minutes, with 18 of those points being the result of a flawless 3rd quarter. On top of that, Houston's defense was absolutely horrendous, as they gave up 126 points to Golden State.
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"There's obviously that anticipation when you come in transition and you find an open look and there's a collective hush in the crowd, especially in this building", Curry said.
"We played soft, actually", D'Antoni said afterward.
Harden's 20 points came on 7-for-16 shooting for the Rockets, who shot just 39.5 percent overall in the game and 32.4 percent (11-for-34) on 3-pointers.
"He's good, and sooner or later he's going to erupt", D'Antoni said.
"I saw the ball go in, and from there I was in the right place of mind", Curry said Sunday night. You've just got to have a little bit more assuredness of what you're doing on the defensive end. You know what drives me insane?
Davidson's Bob McKillop shepherded Steph Curry's All-American career in college and remains very close to the best player he has ever coached. The Warriors would convert those turnovers in 28 points. "But, you know, you just can't allow it to happen". "But we have to control what we can control, and make sure we're aggressive". As a result, the Rockets committed 19 turnovers, their most during the 2018 postseason.